I was on CBC TV last night for a few seconds. My words were also played on a few radio spots. I said that I'd attended every event in the campaign and Erin Peters hadn't, so people were obviously voting for the party, not the candidate they didn't know. One person said that I sounded frustrated. This is absolutely not the case. I was stating facts, but with absolutely no rancour.
The broadcast bits were a small snippet out of a long conversation where I repeatedly and explicitly stated that I had nothing negative to say about the results or Erin. I heard a fair bit of negativity during the campaign from voters, blaming her for not showing up. I always corrected them. That's not what Erin signed up to do. The NDP riding association couldn't find a candidate so Erin agreed to allow her name to be used as an out-of-riding paper candidate. That was the deal and I absolutely respect her for that. The final numbers reflect the will of the voters and they voted nationally.
I'll admit I was a bit surprised about the extent to which the national campaign trumps the local campaign. However, that's not a complaint. It let me know exactly how important I really am and if you want to sum up my reaction in two words, the second would be "amused". The first would be "enlightened". We've learned a lot about where and how we should deploy our resources. I may blog about my conclusions later. I will definitely be sharing them in Green strategy sessions.
Knowing the outcome going in to this campaign, I wouldn't have recommended doing anything differently. As I said in my previous entry, we won. We have a Green seat. The rest is irrelevant. 2015 will be a completely different game, though. That's the year we'll move forward to multiple seats, and just possibly a role in a coalition government. We'll get there with a heavy national campaign in which all Greens will see increased support. Candidates may assume that the increase is due to their brilliance in debates. Nope, but if it keeps them happy, no problem.